Please remember that Tuesday, September 27th is a 12:45pm dismissal. I'm looking forward to seeing many of you that evening for Back to School Night, which starts at 7pm.
Here's what we were working on in the classroom last week :
Reading : We continued to develop our reading stamina so that the students can read for longer and longer periods of time (thus, getting more and more practice reading). We came up with a few ways that may help the students read for longer periods of time. We spoke about sticking with one book (rather than casually, and mindlessly, flipping through one book after another,) closely examining the pictures, and giving the characters voices.
This week, the students are going to get their own book bins and reading spots. They're very excited!
Writing : The students have done a phenomenal job picking up the structure and work ethic of writing workshop so far. They are all working on writing stories about events that have happened in their lives. Last week, the students worked on the very beginning of the writing process - coming up with an idea and getting it down on paper. We'll fine tune that a little bit over the next few months, but so far they're going a great job!
Math : In math, the students reviewed numbers and how to compare numbers on a number line. They also learned all about tally marks and how to represent various numbers with tally marks.
Phonics : We continued reviewing letter sounds and proper handwriting techniques by going over the letters b and t.
Science : Last week, our caterpillars changed in to chrysalises! The students were very excited to watch this change and can't wait for the next step of the life cycle. Ask you child to explain the butterfly life cycle to you! If they need a hint, tell them to start with the egg.
Have a great week!
(To see pictures of what 1-Bu was up to this week, you'll have to come to Back to School Night. The students helped me with my presentation.)